Hon. Victor B. Kenton (Ret.) was appointed a Federal Magistrate Judge for the Central District of California in 2001, which he served for over 14 years. During this time, he presided over numerous trials and mediated over 500 cases, in areas including intellectual property, ERISA, ADA, IDEA, and FAPE (education), civil rights, employment, wage and hour disputes, pharmaceuticals, complex business disputes, class actions, and commercial litigation. He was frequently requested by lawyers and his judicial colleagues to serve as a settlement judge and it is in this capacity, he earned a reputation for being a hardworking and "go-to" Judge for resolving cases. Having tried over 150 bench and jury trials as a trial lawyer before his appointment, he knows firsthand the risk analysis in going to trial and the importance of weighing the legal, emotional, and business implications.
Judge Kenton has a passion for helping parties resolve disputes and has a reputation for his ability to engender trust from both attorneys and parties. He prides himself in being thoroughly prepared before the mediation to ensure the parties get the most out of their session. If a case does not settle, Judge Kenton is known for remaining engaged with continuous follow-up efforts. One attorney on a complex business dispute commented, "Judge Kenton's insights, tenacity, and ability to think 'outside the box' are not only most formidable, but the reason our matter resolved. We could not have reached a resolution without him."
In his spare time he enjoys traveling, swimming, hiking, scuba diving and underwater photography.
"Glad we could get this one wrapped up and appreciate Judge Kenton’s hard and skillful work."
- Attorney on a Business/Contractual Dispute
"Both the client and the firm were very pleased with Judge Kenton's services and greatly appreciated his insights and advice."
- Attorney on a Consumer Class Action Dispute
"After yesterday’s mediation, [my clients] expressed sincere appreciation for [his] patient efforts. They mentioned something about divine providence bringing [him] in to mediate our dispute at that moment. I didn’t disagree. I look forward to working with [him] again in the future."
- Defense attorney on a Business/Contractual dispute
"Thank you for all of your work on this. I think the case settled as a result of the work you did during the mediation. It was a pleasure working with you.
- Attorney on an Employment Wrongful Termination case
"I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your professional handling of this matter. I have had several Zoom mediations with other well-reputed mediators, and I think this was the best experience."
- Attorney on a Business/Contractual dispute
"Just wanted to express to you how pleased I have been with your hard work on the cases we have been able to work on so far. I hope our 100% streak continues."
- Attorney on an Employment/Discrimination matter
"Best mediation I've attended in a long while. He was a pleasure to work with."
- Attorney on a Business Partnership Dispute
"We thank [him] for all [his] hard work. Our clients were more than satisfied with the result. We appreciate [him] and everything [he] did to get the resolution."
- Attorney on a business/contractual dispute
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